Kennet Valley TR Group members enjoy Silverstone Classic 2019
At least 4 KVG members attended the Silverstone Classic 2019, this packed weekend of the Classic provided spectacular historic motor racing, free access to the paddocks and grandstands, displays from over 100 car clubs featuring more than 10,000 classic cars over the weekend, plus interactive driving activities and dynamic demonstrations.
As you can see, Marc Gordon also brought his truly beautiful 1959 Triumph Italia despite the rain and left me with the keys whilst he went off racing his Lotus Elite cheerfully returning with a Trophy after winning best in class in his race, I must admit having those keys in my pocket was very tempting but more worrying was the wind still buffeting the gazebo with the car parked right next to it.
The TR Register display in the Paddock area behind the National Pit was an ideal location to get to the action even if the weather tried to spoil things. Paul (Cat) Tunnadine and I with the help of some Leicester Group members set up the TR Register gazebos on the Thursday night, as it was on concrete, we tied them to a fence and weighted them down, Friday morning 7am, one of the gazebo was over the fence in the road to the pits and wrecked, so it was down to one gazebo even more weighed down for the rest of the weekend.
Phil Horsley asking 'Where's the gazebo gone?'
The Saturday was a very wet day, from the kick off it poured and SIlverstone isn't the best place to be in weather like that but Cat & I had plenty of friends in the gazebo.
Qualifying and racing went on a pace with deafening pre-80's F1 cars right through to Mustangs and Mini's.
Even James Hunts Marlboro McLaren was there in fine fettle and still putting on good pace in it's race.
Silverstone had promised us a parade lap of the circuit for the 50th anniversary of the TR6, with the weather it looked doubtful, but the 'Classic' Gods' came to the rescue, it stopped raining and 40 TR's join 365 other Classics for the privilege of driving this historic and famous circuit, as you can imagine it was busy with 405 classics on there at one time, but we did get to have some fun.
Have a watch of the video taken by Lindsey Holman (Thanks Lindsey) who was in the rear seat of my 2+2 Rounded Red Grinnall that 2 years previous had Max Verstappen in that same seat at the Driver Parade British Grand Prix 2017, a great historic TR Register moment in time.
As you can imagine, everyone was on a high when we got back to the Paddock after this really thrilling experience, there were a lot of smiles and grins all round.
There is always plenty of entertainment to enjoy too, including live music on Friday and Saturday evenings, vintage funfair rides, a Shopping Village… all included in the ticket price. It's an event for the whole family so why not come along next year!?.
See you at Stratford!
Thanks to Lindsey Holman for some of the photos and video and hanging on down the Hanger straight in the back of my Grinnall!